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ABI 3730 DNA Analyzer

The ABI 3730 DNA Analyzer is a 48-capillary DNA sequencer and genotyper that provides automated high throughput genetic analysis of DNA fragments. The 3730 can sequence 48 samples in parallel in two hours providing the capacity for analyzing hundreds of DNA samples per day. The instrument is fully automated from sample loading through data analysis. The 3730 is used for DNA fragment analysis such as microsatellites, SNP analysis, mutation detection, and Sanger Sequencing of plasmids and PCR products.

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Bio-Rad Experion Automated Electrophoresis Station

The Bio-Rad Experion Automated Electrophoresis Station is a microfluidics-based electrophoresis system. The Experion is used to assess the quality of RNA. The output consists of a virtual agarose gel of the RNA, a graphical representation of the relative fluorescence, and a numerical RNA quality, integrity score.

View Example Output from Experion Automated Electrophoresis Station

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LI-COR® Odyssey Classic Infrared Imaging System

The LI-COR® Odyssey Classic Infrared Imaging System is a laser-based imager used to detect and quantify fluorescence signals for Near-infrared Fluorescent Western Blots, In-Gel Western Assays, In-Cell Western Assays, Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assays, RNAi Analysis, Tissue Section Imaging, Reporter Gene Assays, and Nucleic Acid Gel Documentation. This instrument is equipped with two infrared channels allowing one to probe two separate targets in the same experiments or use the second channel for normalization.


LI-COR® Odyssey Fc Dual Mode Imaging System

The LI-COR® Odyssey Fc Dual Mode Infrared System is a CCD-based imager that features two solid state laser diodes (685 and 785 nm) and a low-noise CCD camera for detection of two channel near-infrared fluorescence and chemiluminescent signals. Applications include: Western Blots (chemiluminescent, two-color infrared, and in-gel), protein detection (Coomassie-stained gels), and nucleic acid detection (SYBR-family stains). For scan documentation and data analysis, the system uses the Image Studio Software.

LI-COR Odyssey Fc Dual Mode Imaging System


Molecular Devices SpectraMax M2 Microplate Reader

The SpectraMax M2 is a multi-detection microplate reader – UV-Vis absorbance, luminescence, and fluorescence intensity.  Assays can be performed using standard cuvettes or microplates (6 to 384 well). The system can be used for endpoint, kinetic, spectrum, area-well scanning, and full spectral range detection. Bottom read fluorescence is available for cell-based assays.


Qiagen TissueLyser LT

The Qiagen TissueLyser LT is a small bead mill that provides fast, effective disuption of up to 12 samples at the same time.  Simultaneous disruption and homogenization is achieved through high-speed shaking of samples in 2 ml microcentrifuge tubes with stainless steel or glass beads.

Qiagen TissueLyser LT


Roche LightCycler® 480 Real-Time PCR System

CCG has the Roche 480 Real-time PCR instrument that can run 96 samples at once. The instrument offer users the choice of different fluorescent probes and multiplicity of the PCR target within the same reaction. LightCycler 480 is our newest acquisition. Currently, this instrument is being used for sample quantification and genotyping analyses.


Spectronics SpectroLinker XL1000

The XL1000 is designed to monitor UV radiation and self-adjust to variations in UV intensity. All Spectroline UV crosslinkers feature a "smart" microprocessor controller and unique true UV monitoring circuitry to enable users to get error-free results with speed, accuracy, and safety. Covalently binds nucleic acid sequences and hybridization membranes in 30 seconds or less. Ensures optimum nucleic acid membrane binding even when UV output varies.

Spectronics SpectroLinker XL1000


Thermal Cycler - GeneStorm GS-4

The GeneStorm GS-4 thermal cycler contains 4 independently controlled 96 well blocks. Features include user selectable variable-temperature heated lids, heating/cooling ramping speed of 3C/sec, gradient temperature range of 30 - 80 C, touch-screen and keyboard/mouse control, and drag and drop programming.

Thermal Cycler - GeneStorm GS-4


Thermal Cycler - Eppendorf MasterCycler Pro (2 units)

The Eppendorf MasterCycler Pro features an easy-to-use interface with graphical programming, SteadySlope gradient technology, Vapo-protect lid technology, fast heating (4 C/second) and cooling (3 C/second) rates, and block uniformity of +/- 0.4 C. The gradient option of the MasterCycler Pro features SteadySlope technology to ensure that the heating and cooling ramp rates are identical in both gradient and normal operation. Thus, you can expect identical temperature control characteristics in both optimization and routine experiments. Vapo-protect lid technology is used to reduce evaporation and increase reproducibility.

Thermal Cycler - Eppendorf MasterCycler Pro


Thermo Scientific NanoDrop One Spectrophotometer

The NanoDrop One is a spectrophotometer that allows for measurement of only 1.5 ul of sample. The instrument is used to measure the concentrations of nucleic acids (dsDNA, ssDNA, RNA, oligo DNA, oligo RNA, and labeled DNA for microarray) and protein (A280, A205, BCA Bradford, Lowry, and Pierce 660). The software includes Acclaro Sample Intelligence technology with the measurements of each sample, which can help with contaminant identification. Output includes the sample concentration and the 260/280 and 260/230 ratios in a table format. Users also have the option of downloading the raw data to recreate the plot of the spectral scan.

Thermo Scientific NanoDrop One Spectrophotometer


Turner BioSystems TBS-380 Fluorometer

The TBS-380 Fluorometer is a mini-fluorometer that is capable of accurately measuring extremely low concentrations of nucleic acids – dsDNA as low as 1 ng/ml in a PicoGreen assay, RNA as low as 1 ng/ml in a RiboGreen assay. Unlike spectrophotometers, the TBS-380 when used in conjunction with PicoGreen or RiboGreen is relatively insensitive to proteins, free nucleotides, and reagent contaminants generally found in DNA and RNA preparations. When used with minicell cuvettes, measurements can be carried out in as little as 50 ul.